Back in April, Jacob Landis, 24, embarked on a summerlong odyssey to bike to all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums. The purpose of the trip, which was supposed to take about 175 days and cover more than 10,000 miles, was to raise $1 million to cover the costs of cochlear implants for deaf people who can't afford the surgery. He made it to 29 ballparks, the last of which was Tropicana Field. On Sept. 21, as he was crossing the state bound for Marlins Park in Miami, he was clipped by the mirror of a semitrailer truck. He got a severe concussion, a broken nose and fractured cheekbones; his left arm needed a sling. Doctors told him he shouldn't ride for two weeks, bringing his journey to a premature end. Fortunately, Landis was able to attend the Marlins game Sept. 24, though he was in no shape to throw out the first pitch, as planned. It should surprise no one that it was in Florida, the state with the most cyclist fatalities in the nation, that Landis was struck. For the record, the truck driver didn't stop.
It's like getting hit by a pitch on a 3-2 count
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